It is with a heavy heart that we write this. In a week when it was reported that female surgeons in the NHS are being sexually harassed, assaulted and in some cases raped by colleagues, it has become clear that in some corners of the world, even in our own beloved Wales, these behaviours are not only accepted, they are justified and even forgiven.
The NHS is on life support. The GMC’s National Training Survey found that two thirds of trainees are at high or moderate risk of burnout and the recent RCP census confirmed the large number of doctors grappling with overwhelming service demand and staffing shortages.
On the 10th anniversaries of the publication of the Shape of Training review (SoT) and the RCP’s Future Hospital Commission report, the RCP is fostering a discussion that will inform the development of our strategy beyond 2024.